Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Swaggers Backpackers

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

A home away from home. This beautiful hostel focuses on providing a safe, secure, friendly, warm and relaxing place for you to stay. We are the closest hostel to the penguins, and they can be found every night at the bottom of your street. Check the photos to see how cosy our bedrooms and living areas are.

The hostel is 'World Famous' in NZ for the unique experience provided by Camp Mother Agra who will ensure you do not only get a place to sleep, but an amazing experience to take away with you. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Feb 2020
    Such a great place to stay at. Agra is such a lovely campmum who makes sure you’re feeling good while staying at hers! Would definitely recommend it anytime.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    07 Mar 2019
    Amazing house with amazing host, Agra is simply the most interesting and strong woman you can find running a house/hostel. Chat with her was a pleasure! Thank you Agra! And yes, the book is awful xD
    Spain, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    14 Feb 2019
    The best bed I've slept in and had a great nights sleep😁
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    13 Feb 2019
    Agra is a wonderful host who makes everybody feel incredibly welcome. The backpackers itself is extremely comfortable and has the feel of a home rather than a standard hostel - a quality that you can’t find easily. Wonderfully clean and comfy accommodation. We were even able to walk the resident dog Leica, who is very sweet natured. I would thoroughly recommend this hostel, Agra and Oamaru - a town full of great architecture and penguins!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    03 Sep 2018
    My visit to Oamaru wouldn’t have been perfect if I hadn’t stayed at Swaggers Backpackers. Agra is a lovely lady whom I feel everyone should meet. Some people might not understand her sense of humour but I found it to be delightful. She had tons of good recommendations of places to go and she’d always make sure her backpackers come home to a warm bed. 10/10 would recommend this hostel to everyone, especially those travelling solo.
    Singapore, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    27 Feb 2020
    Amazing stay. We enjoyed Agra's company a lot, she is so lovely. We got a private tour of the town wish was great to know where to spot the penguins
    England, Couple, 31-40
  • 9.4


    11 Feb 2019
    Great position. Wonderful "camp mother", Agra, who went out of her way to help and inform and make you feel at home. Would stay again.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    21 Jan 2019
    This place is unique. It is an house, wide and comfortable. The owner Agra is a perfect host and she immediately puts you at ease. Nice talks with her. Position is good in this small (but nice) town. Different from the usual hostel experience but I really appreciate it. I loved it.
    Italy, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    16 Nov 2019
    Love you Agra
    France, Male, 18-24
  • 6.6


    08 Feb 2019
    The staff was rude and making us all uncomfortable. While everyone there was acting respectful & along w/ the rules, she repetitively threatened to turn the wifi off. One example: check out is at 10am, we were sitting on the couch at 9am on our phones and told us she was about to turn the wifi so we would leave. She asked us all personal questions about our lives and then had a rude/insulting response to each of our awnsers. The beds were also uncomfortable and sunk in the middle.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Utensils
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
  • Wi-Fi